Jammu and Kashmir’s diverse history and rich cultural background make it a hub of collections. Be it art, music, festivals, craft or books, Jammu & Kashmir has it in abundance. Evidently, going through the collection of books at bookstores in Kashmir will be as good as a treasure hunt. Plus,
“The romantic sights,
Flares of snow and sunshine
That change colours from time to time”
add to the experiences of readers.
Whether you’re a bookworm who is on a spree of collecting good books or students, scholar or teacher looking for particular study material, Kashmir has it all stored for you. Especially for book lovers, Kashmir is apt for reading a book in the arms of fairy tallish scenery and as a bonus to be able to choose the best reads from the hub of books at Kashmir book stores.
As Ernest Hemingway puts it correctly “There is no friend as loyal as a book”, here is your cue to begin finding some gemstones of books in Kashmir-
Gulshan Book Store
“The only bookshop- Library on a lake”, Gulshan Books is a bookstore cum cafe cum library cum publication house situated on DAL LAKE. The experience of visiting Gulshan promises a miraculous view of Dal Lake where you can sit in peace and give your minds a beautiful read.
Gulshan Books attracted the attention of Limca Book of Records 2018 for its marvelous collection of as many as 80,000 books and for being the only bookshop located on a lake.
Address: Nehru Park, Dal Lake, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir 190007
Opens: 9:30 am to 8 pm, closed on Sunday
Phone No. 094190 11110
Ali Mohammad and Sons
With the belief and motto, “Knowledge is never old”, Ali Mohammad and Sons is a hub of books. The store is divided into shelves that make it easier to look for the book. The shelf architecture also makes the store look like a small library. It is a small cozy bookstore where all you have to do is name a book to find one.
Address: 1 Budshah Hotel Building, Lal Chowk, Srinagar – 190001, Near Budshah Bridge
Opens: 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Closed on Tuesday
Phone No. 09419006031
Kapoor Brothers bookstore is located in Palladium Gully of Srinagar. The bookstore is the heritage of Kapoors that is inherited by the new generation after the latter. Visiting Kapoors is a step into the heritage that the family has collected over time.
Address: Palladium Gully, Lal Chowk, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir 190001
Opens: 10:30 am to 7:30 pm, Closed on Sundays
Phone No. 099067 72798
Password A House of Wattan Publications
Wattan Publication opened a retail showroom in 2007 for their voracious readers and named is “Password” and since then Password is an all time hub for book lovers.
Address: 30, Chinar Complex, Residency Road, Residency Road, Srinagar – 190001,
Opens: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm, Closed on Sunday
Phone. No. 9419980846
These are few bookstores that have been shortlisted as best bookstores by our team at Kashmiri Life. To encourage reading and create awareness about these bookstores and many other existing,
We asked people around the valley to define the role of books in their lives and people had some awesome answers to give:
~ The treasure that I can carry wherever I go.
~ The companion of my solo trips.
~ My bestest friend.
~ Sleeping partner forever.
~ Childhood friend.
~ My all time escape.
With this sweet notion, we hope that with the rise of digital India the essence of hardcovers and paperbacks continue to exist. A book is best read while withheld in hands. Right book lovers?